Tasting Notes for winecat9

(339 notes on 282 wines)

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White
7/4/2019 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
From a challenging vintage. Drink now.
White
6/27/2019 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Glorious! Perfectly mature; bracing acidity, minerality, sublime fruit. Incredibly long finish. Everything one looks for in a GC Chablis.
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Red
2004 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
6/16/2019 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
This bottle showed very well with red color maintained all the way to the edge. Mature bouquet and good balance. CT drinking window clearly incorrect if the wine has been stored in a cool cellar.
Red
6/14/2019 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Mikey likes it. Beautifully matured with virbrant fruit, good acid, well developed bouquet and perfectly balanced.
Red
4/22/2019 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
Excellent; mature, balanced, tasty
Red
11/16/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful, beautiful wine. Very well developed bouquet, perfect balance. Varied and delicious fruit.
Red
12/3/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
93 points
Brilliant wine that truly reflects the Hansel goal of emulating Burgundy in CA. Should hold at this level for a few years. Well-developed bouquet and almost perfect mouth feel. Layers of fruit with good acid to balance. Long finish.
Red
11/3/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
New to the Zin Thing, this wine was stuffed full of flavor. Should be able to mature and improve for several years.
Red
1991 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/3/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Selected for Lightning Rounds of the 2018 Zin Thing. The CT drinking window guidance was clearly way off, as this was a superb example of old Geyserville. Deep, vibrant color with only a touch of an orange edge. Complex bouquet that opened with time. Great texture and balance with dark fruit. Another great example of old Ridge Zin!
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Red
1998 Château Laplagnotte-Bellevue St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/30/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
Last of a half case. Very pleasant. Seemed to have better balance than some prior bottles but not really improving at this point.
Red
7/15/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
This wine was in great condition. Cork in good shape and high fill level. Beautiful color. Pleasant aroma and excellent flavors. Will continue a few years if well cellared.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/4/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Excellent! Tastes like it came from near Châtillon-sur-Seine. Maybe Molesme
White
5/25/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
Love this simple, yet elegant wine. Very pleasant but probably not for keeping much longer.
White
5/25/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautifully held together at 9.5 years even with less than optimal collaring conditions. Perfect color, classic bouquet, well balanced with a long finish.
Red
1988 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
5/6/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Cork was in perfect condition; stained less than 1/2 inch. Dark color with only a hint of a brick edge. Inspiring, complex bouquet that still was youthful and vibrant. Beautifully balanced good fruit, but some noticed slight musty flavors - this was controversial in the group. We think the Cellar Tracker drinking window was too short for this wine, but of course there are variables including cellaring conditions.
Red
1/28/2018 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
Drinking well now. Was concerned by the CT drinking window but this bottle showed well.
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Red
12/18/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
Drink up; delicate, characteristic PN but fruit may fade
White
9/3/2017 - winecat9 wrote:
87 points
More evidence that wines that have not traveled have a better chance of extended life. This bottle was very nice even after being open for 6 hours.
Red
8/20/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
Another example of a wine that benefited from good cellaring. Deep color with no brick edges. Great depth of flavor. Excellent with the lamb shish kabab (grilled to order)!
Red
8/19/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
This bottle was definitely not outside the drinking window; beautifully in its prime. Vibrant, appropriate color and well developed bouquet. Complex flavors and well balanced. Benefited from good cellar conditions. Cork was in perfect condition; wine advanced up the cork no more than 1/8 inch
Red
7/26/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice. Good color, perfect bouquet, nice fruit and good finish. Drinking well now.
Red
7/1/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bouquet reminds us of Nuits St Georges. Perfectly mature, balanced wine. Beautiful color. Complex flavors with long finish.
Red
2000 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/29/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
Holding nicely; seems more complex than previous bottles. Bouquet developing nicely. Should be good for a few more years.
Red
1990 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
1/21/2017 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Beautifully mature wine with excellent color and fragrant bouquet. Soft fruit reflective of 26 years, but still complex and balanced wine. Finish a bit short.
Red
12/24/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
93 points
Showed very young tonight. Decanted 30 minutes. Deep color with complex bouquet. Rich flavors. Long life ahead (for the other bottles!!)
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Red
11/30/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
Nicely balanced. Drinking well now.
Red
10/28/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking really well now! Balanced, nice bouquet, long finish.
White
9/13/2016 - winecat9 wrote:
flawed
Oxidized; cork was in good condition
White
9/4/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
Incredible strength, length and grip from this wine. Softened on day 2 so it probably has many good years left.
Red
9/5/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
Strong effort from this producer in an often overlooked appellation.
Red
8/21/2016 - winecat9 wrote:
flawed
Would have benefitted from much more time in the decanter. Improved with time but ran out of wine before the improvement was completed!
Red
1990 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/21/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Good color, fragrant bouquet of mature Bordeaux. Good fruit. Only subtraction is for balance and finish. Holding up well.
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White
7/23/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Well liked by those in the group who prefer some oak influence with their Chardonnay. Good finish. Seems to be in its prime now.
Red
7/23/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Good example of GC from Vosne Romanee but a little too much barrel influence (char?) reduces the score.
Red
7/23/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Certain elements are very appropriate for a Beaune but diminished by barrel char which displaces the fruit.
Red
7/23/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
Deeply colored wine but lacking a good bouquet at the moment. Excellent favors and balance but a short finish.
Red
7/25/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
Amazing to find a twenty year old village level wine in such great condition. Cork was in perfect shape. Beautiful color. Very well developed bouquet and nice favors. Only area for improvement was the finish; just a little short.
Red
6/28/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful, complex and balanced wine that is drinking perfectly now. No hint of the problems noted by others.
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Red
6/20/2016 - winecat9 wrote:
88 points
A conundrum. Decent bouquet but not complex. OK fruit but somewhat disappointing. Could have a better finish.
Red
6/20/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Very nice Santenay. Cellar tracker drinking window wrong on this one... It was in very good condition tonight!
Red
6/18/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Stellar Cali PN. Deep vibrant color, complex bouquet. Rich fruit. Well balanced with a long finish. Drinking well now.
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Red
2008 Poggio Bonelli Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
6/13/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
Very pleasant now.
Red
6/9/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
Drinking very well now. A fine example of Cali PN
White
6/5/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
88 points
Good appearance and bouquet. Nice balance of acidity and fruit with only a hint of grassiness. Overall very good effort and one of the better Virginia SBs.
Red
4/25/2016 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
89 points
It seems that Girardin consistently has a heavy hand with oak which unfortunately detracts from the beautiful fruit in this wine. Much of the Volnay character is overwhelmed by oak, both in bouquet and aroma. Sealed half the bottle with vacuvin and enjoyed more on the next day when the oak was less dominant.
White
12/13/2015 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
90 points
All that you can hope for in a village level Chablis. Inviting bouquet, perfect acidity and mineral backbone supporting very nice fruit. Long finish.
Red
2010 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/14/2015 - winecat9 Likes this wine:
92 points
Beautiful. WOTN at Zin Thing 2015.
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Red
11/14/2015 - winecat9 Does not like this wine:
81 points
Alcohol is not a flaw until it dominates an unbalanced wine. Unfortunately this was a prime example. Very hot with no chance for the fruit to show well.
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